2019 Book Prize

Slope Editions’ 18th Annual Book Prize

Judged by Solmaz Sharif

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Submission Guidelines

Slope Editions is accepting full-length poetry manuscripts for its 18th Annual Slope Editions Book Prize Contest. This year's contest will be judged by Solmaz Sharif. The deadline is April 15, 2019. The winning poet will have their book of poems published in 2020 by Slope Editions and will also receive $1000 and free copies of the book in lieu of royalties. The winner will be announced in the summer of 2019. Entries will be read blind. Please visit our website, slopeeditions.org, for further announcements and contest information. We especially encourage submissions from poets of color, women, and LGBTQ poets.

About the Judge:

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from U.C. Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her work has appeared in The New Republic, Poetry, The Kenyon Review, Granta, and others. The former managing director of the Asian American Writers’ Workshop, her work has been recognized with a “Discovery”/Boston Review Poetry Prize, Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and an NEA fellowship. She was most recently selected to receive a 2016 Lannan Literary Fellowship and the Holmes National Poetry Prize from Princeton University. A former Stegner Fellow, she is currently a lecturer at Stanford University. Her first poetry collection, LOOK, published by Graywolf Press in 2016, was a finalist for the National Book Award.

Eligibility: Any American poet writing in English is eligible, unless that person has a close personal or professional relationship with the judge and/or Slope Editions staff or an affiliation with the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Past or current students of the judge are ineligible to enter; entry fees will be returned in these cases. Any manuscript that has appeared or is forthcoming as a printed book, e-book, or chapbook will NOT be considered. Please do not include your name or any personal information anywhere on the manuscript. Manuscripts that are not blinded will not be read.

Electronic Submission Guidelines: 40 to 90 pages as formatted in standard 8 &1/2 by 11 MS Word or PDF document submitted through Submittable. Your name should not appear anywhere within your manuscript. Please include a title page with book title only, a table of contents, and an acknowledgements page with manuscript.

Paper Submission Guidelines: 40 to 90 pages, typed, and bound only by a clip. Include two title pages (one with book title, name, address, telephone and e-mail; one with book title only), table of contents, and acknowledgments page with manuscript.

Entry Fee: $25 for electronic submissions, paid via Submittable. $22 for paper submission, payable to "Slope Publishing Inc.," in the form of a check or money order, and must accompany submission. See below for address.

Deadline:  April 15, 2019

Mailed submissions must be postmarked no later than April 15, 2019. No Federal Express, UPS, or other overnight mail services, please. Submissions should be sent by first-class mail to our editorial address:

Slope Editions 18th Annual Book Prize

c/o Christopher Janke, Senior Editor

847 Bernardston Road

Greenfield, MA 01301

Revisions: The winner may be able to revise his/her manuscript before publication. No revisions will be considered during the reading period.

Entrants to the Slope Editions Book Prize may also be considered for additional Slope Editions publications.  Entrants being considered for these publications will be notified. We offer sincere thanks to all entrants and readers for supporting Slope Editions and small press poetry.